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Two Acquittals for LNL & James Reilly Last Week

gavelHandling Stolen Goods

James appeared in Bolton Crown Court to represent the owner of a highly respected car salvage company who faced the very serious allegation of attempting to handle stolen goods, namely stolen cable from Network Rail.

Undercover officers approached our client and his staff on six occasions with this apparently stolen cable and on each occasion, our client and his staff refused. On the final approach, however, the Police changed the appearance of the cable completely by stripping it of any identifying markings, and this time the officer did not suggest that it was stolen.

After some robust submissions on the law of entrapment, the very senior trial judge decided that the police had (once again) “crossed the line” by placing our client under undue pressure, and stayed the proceedings against our client. A not guilty verdict was recorded on all counts.

This is the latest in a series of trials focusing on those in the salvage and waste management business, which have resulted in acquittals for James and Sean Reilly’s clients. The Reilly brothers have successfully acted in these cases up and down the country.

Driving under the Influence of Alcohol

We acted for a foreign national who was accused of driving over the limit; however, our client did not speak English. He was taken to the police station where there appeared to be serious issues with the police station procedure and medical issues which were not addressed.

The case was listed for a not guilty trial and, in the meantime, the firm requested a copy of the police station CCTV showing the Lion Intoximeter test, and wrote to the CPS several times requesting additional material. None of our correspondence was ever replied to and, even on the day of trial, the requested CCTV evidence was not produced.

As a result, our client was acquitted.

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Court Martial Success for LNL & Penny Muir

military courtPenny Muir was instructed in the court martial of a serving soldier in the British Army, in relation to allegations of fraud. She prepared the case carefully, together with the very able counsel, Christopher Surtees-Jones, who she instructed to represent our client at the three-day court martial. The trial resulted in our client’s acquittal on all charges against him. He was greatly relieved, as any conviction would have destroyed his long-standing and successful career in the army.

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Rape Acquittal for LNL Client

sex offencesOur client was accused, along with another defendant, of raping a woman. The trial lasted 9 days and our client, who had consistently maintained his innocence throughout the whole process, was acquitted. He was defended by the excellent John Reilly, barrister.

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Sean Reilly Speaks to Local Press Regarding Recent Acquittal for Client

press-conferenceSean gave detailed comments on Operation Rhonda, which was a police prosecution targeting the recycling industry and scrap metal thefts, following the acquittal of clients at Bolton Crown Court who faced charges of money laundering and attempted handling of stolen goods.

Sean commented:

"BT and Railtrack had told the police, erroneously, that certain specification cable was only manufactured for their industry, and that it does not exist on the open market, that this cable can only be owned by BT and Railtrack. This was wrong. Companies that manufacture cable are happy to sell their cable to whoever will buy it, after all they are in business to make profit and the more they sell the more profit they make. Companies that buy from the manufacturers also sell off cuts on to the open market. The operation should not have targeted honest hardworking businessmen who work in a licensed trade. The authorities should concentrate on the unlicensed metal industry, where stolen metal is sold at hugely discounted prices and shipped out of the country in containers."

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Amazing Week of Acquittals for LNL Criminal Lawyers & Their Clients

acquittalsFurther to the acquittal of Mr Jacobs who faced trial for the murder of PC Blakelock last week, represented by Tony Meisels, LNL also had the following successes last week:

Misconduct in a Public Office

No action was taken against a former News of The World Journalist facing an allegation of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office. The allegation was that the journalist paid public officials for information in relation to high profile patients in Broadmoor. The CPS decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute on the basis of our client’s health issues.

Working closely with the excellent leading independent consultant psychiatrist Dr Mike Alcock, we worked consistently for over 16 months to collate a complete range of specialist reports in order to persuade the CPS not to continue with the prosecution. We were only able to do because the client paid privately for these reports, as legal aid is not available to assist anyone in a similar situation.

Siobhain Egan had conduct of this case.

Supply Of Class A Drugs

Penny Muir, instructing the stupendous Martin Lewis of counsel (the Senior Partner’s brother), represented a client at Snaresbrook Crown Court charged as part of Operation Carbon, a large-scale, covert operation run in the East End by the Metropolitan Police with the aim of disrupting the supply of Class A drugs.

The case against our client was that he had been identified by an undercover officer as a man who had supplied drugs to him. This officer was one of a number who purported to identify him as a drug supplier. As a result he was facing a possible sentence in excess of ten years if convicted. We believed the identification to be tainted due to a breach of Code D of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, so made an application to have the evidence excluded. We also felt that there had been poor disclosure of information and fought hard with the prosecution over this.

The judge ruled in our favour and as a result of the ruling, the Crown decided to offer no evidence against our client in relation to any of the charges against him. Our client was very relieved and happy with the result!


Paul Mason and the excellent Paul Crampin of counsel secured the acquittal of Paul’s client who faced two allegations of robbery at Basildon Crown Court.

Armed Robbery

Sean Reilly instructed yet another Reilly brother, Eiran, the brilliant Higher Rights Advocate, who secured the acquittal of an individual facing three counts of armed robbery. This was a five-week trial and the case was investigated by the Met’s Flying Squad (specialist armed robbery squad) and included complex evidence such as cell site evidence.

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